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Capture the personality of your pet: Draw a customized portrait

teacher avatar Jennifer Moorhead, Artist, Art Professor, Entrepreneur

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (38m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Choosing your pet photographs

    • 3. Drawing techniques

    • 4. Shapes

    • 5. Proportions

    • 6. Eyes (part one)

    • 7. Eyes (part two)

    • 8. Values (part one)

    • 9. Value (part two)

    • 10. Final thoughts

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About This Class

This class is about drawing the personality of your pet from a photograph(s) using pencil. Not only will the results be rewarding but the process of creating will be fun! There are simple steps to learn to draw a pet's face to create a portrait. Your drawing skill level can be a beginner to intermediate. The class project is creating one pencil portrait drawing of your pet. 

The basic skills you will be learning are:

  1.  Selecting your pet photographs to use for the drawing project
  2. Drawing techniques
  3.  Shape
  4.  Proportion
  5. Drawings eyes - to reflect the ‚Äúspirit‚ÄĚ of your pet
  6. Value


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Jennifer Moorhead

Artist, Art Professor, Entrepreneur



My purpose in life is to share and 'give' my art knowledge to you.  I am confident I can teach you to develop and 'find' your creative artistic 'gift' through my unique fine art teaching methods. 

I incorporate the same fine art methods that I taught in college for over 34 years yet I modify the art exercises as fast-paced, easy to understand, and simple to create. The exercises are all 'hands-on'. This allows you to really explore and experiment with the art methods...while having fun! 


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1. Introduction : Hello, My name's Jennifer Morehead. I'm here. It's skill chur to teach you many classes and art. My first class of an offering is called Captured. The Personnel of Your Pet Draw a custom pet portrait. This is a wonderful, exciting class. It's for a beginner, up to immediate. You'll learn many techniques and a lot of tips that I have to share. My background is seven retired art professor. I talked many years, and many different styles have painted in drawing, so I have a lot to offer you. You hear it skill share. We have a project gallery. This is a place you can upload your we can all share together what we're working on and have helpful advice and ideas, and we can all work together to be so successful. He's of materials that you'll need three photographs of your pet, two sheets of copy paper, Prisma ebony pencil, a pencil sharpener of any kind, 14 by 17 inch sketchbook, £8 weight. And that means it's the type of paper that has a certain ferocity and thickness. Edgell need for this project a pair of scissors and the Statler Mars plastic oration. These will be the basic steps you'll be learning in my class for your pet portrait. First of all, we'll be selecting at least three photographs of your pet. I'll be helping you choose which ones will be a really good resource to make an excellent drawing. From next, you'll be learning how to do basic shapes. Proportion. What sizes to use, how shakes relate to each other. From that, you'll be learning about drawing eyes because the eyes of the soul of your pet, they're very important once you contain, that is always This is exciting because it really looks like a beautiful. And then you'll be learning a value technique of scum bling fun, using your racer to work within it. This is really bright idea and then the final stuff using value to your portrait. I am so excited to get started. I hope you are 2. Choosing your pet photographs: this section is about choosing your photographs to make your wonderful pet portrait to begin with. What do you choose if the dog is too far away? You really can't see the detail in detail. Ing is awfully important here. It might be a cute image, but you can't see anything. Several dogs together will be very complicated. It's best to get a very close up view, so you can really see the eyes. That's gonna be very important for the personality. Here we have a kind of a clipping off the ears. That's why you want several photographs, always photographed from the ground level so you don't have a distortion like this one. This one works very well. It could have a closer of you to see more of the detail ing of your pet. This one is working out wonderfully, and a good resource on this one is the lighting. See how clear that lighting is coming from the right hand side over the face. This is great. You can see everything very clear in detail. This would work perfectly. The reason I chose mirror my dog on this again. I was down low. I could see her at her level, so there wasn't any distortions of her face or her body. The lighting is a little bit too overall, so I had to compensate for that. So be really clear on your lighting. Always make sure that if you have three of them, because sometimes of on your shot might be better and one than the other, they're dissolve Very helpful. This will be a lot of fun. If you have any questions about what photos to choose, please upload them into the project gallery and then I can help you with that. So good luck choosing. 3. Drawing techniques: it started with learning about a little bit of the techniques of working with council. First of all, Japan out ripped out of your pad. Reason being You don't want to draw in your cat because you'll invent the paper below it, which will ruin the other shades. You also want a hard surface toe workout. Don't be afraid of this white sheet of paper. Just paper hammer. Just gonna be excited about drawing and learning about new thing. Sharpen your pencil. Very important. Always keep it. Sure gets doll. You produce a lot of fuzzy lines, starting with contour of working with your shapes because I want you to understand that you don't want to just be moving your wrist by itself because you cannot control a nice line using your risk as a solid unit with your arm. You have more control of how you move your pencil around, for instance. Get a first down up with it. I could create really nice circle. I have more control. That's what I want you to be working on controlling how you're using your every mark is important. Maybe Mark you make should have a purpose to so just you know practice with making wonderful lines together, lifting up, putting down, lifting up, very important, making a mark. It should start got lift off way. Don't want to be doing anything thes. It's loose. It doesn't really show anything. Specifically, you want to be able to make wonderful lines that have a purpose. Stumbling is lines that are moving very gestural. That's gesture notice. There's not a particular style to it. That's a lot of moving lines like this, moving in all directions for lines you make, the darker your image appears. That's when your racer comes in. The race is just not for racy. If you're racing so much, it's kind of like your racy more than drawing. So you wanna use the eraser as an additive. Now, if I come in with my razor, I can actually start to create. I come back and get some highlights. Let's even make a make a four. Let's build it up to make a sphere four lines making here dark. I'm leaving the light over here. Look at the combination of that's what makes it really fun using stumbling. I'm going back to my racer and I'm just going to blend this out? No, I created my spear and what you'll find It's joined something like this you're creating for that's all. That drawing is really a vast line. Dirkson likes line is just the edge of the form. What we visually see so practice. 4. Shapes: Now we're going to begin with our basic shapes. If you remember back, this is what we're going for with this particular step. Start where your dog is looking. That's what you need. Some Spacey. My dog is looking towards the left side of my page. Therefore, I'm gonna place her here. She was looking the other way. Probably say be the reverse. I don't want to go to large because then it looks kind of abstract and a little bit surreal . So you wanna just large enough in proportion to the dog? Some to start with the head and draw a real nice oval shape, Too many sketchy lines, but we're basically starting with the shape first. So that's basic shape. Their way. Have a basic shape for the ears, which are trying healer. We look on the other side. Triangular. Now we're gonna think about access. Feel note. Dog's face has is definitely it's not a middle access, but the axis is going through the dog coming down. So we're going up line this way, way line. This way. If you look at the eyes, the eyes air tilted just a little bit up. So the access the eyes is gonna go up. Mouth looks straight. That access will be pretty well when I over here, we look at it's fitting right into that triangular mode here. If you'll see that right over here with me down the other here next will be the nose to really look at their shape. We're gonna add a few more details to it off rounding this out, living in this part. Come in. As you see here, coming out this way. And I want you to see this shape right here. It looks like a triangular shape. So this is our negative shape. This mirror, my dog, is the positive shape. So really, look at that. So drawing negative shapes will give you your positive shape and then you'll be able to really look at your dog. So coming in over here negative shape has ums like a nice curves Your shape here, come in, come in and we'll know this is a nice curve shape here. Just building enough by looking at shapes. Looking at the end of her mouth is right in the middle of the eye. So coming here, bring it in a little bit underneath chip way are really starting to have it takes shape a few more lines and were there 5. Proportions: first, we want to start with softening a lot of these lines. Hey, getting rid of these lines because we're not gonna be needing your access lines. That was just to get you started. I'm gonna go in and start really looking at my shape. One way of looking at this because this is really have a look is to turn your page upside down. And I talked about before. Is that negative shape really? Looking at what was the shape be righted here? I also used my pencil to give me where the angle is going to bay. There's nothing wrong with that. I could take that and move it right over there. We go notice I'm doing nice, clear lines. Not doing a lot of sketching because you guys have been practicing and you're just guys are great. Look at the line here. I'm going to modify that and place it right here. Still looking at where the eyes air coming from? You'll notice where the middle of the eyes you have a list of little small shape, which is kind of like so you wanna you wanna start adding a little peculiarity of your your pet? That's what makes it fun? This nice shape in here because I can see this indentation right in here. That's my negative. Bring see how easy this could be bringing this down. I just got some hair coming out. I just play with it as I go. Enjoy it. Don't just get so worked up. It's just drawing. It's just shapes. And if you could understand that, it just takes a little time in practice. But this is not perfect. All let's pull it upside down in this. So you're just drawing shapes and look at it come alive, That's great. And then I'm gonna come in and just add a little bit bore. You just don't want just ahead by itself. So I'm just gonna add a little bit. I had a scar because I thought that was kind of cute. You can add scarves if you want to add. I had also added her tag, that kind of thing. I look at this now on Ford. I do before it looks like it needs to come out So looking, modifying, relating, shape to shape, this is where you nice clarity and proportions that's relating one to the other 6. Eyes (part one): this section is about drawing the eyes. This is where we had left off last time. Always remember to put your project up in the Project gallery so we can view it, and I could give you some wonderful helpful advice to begin with. I've drawn these eyes for you and to explain a little bit about it. The eyes gonna be basically a circle, which you're going to create a sphere, and hopefully you've been working on your spheres. And then from there will be looking at the shape of your eyes, and that will be the lid around the eye itself could be an almond shaped. It could also be more of an oval shape circular shape, and then we'll be adding stumbling effects to that. So let's get started. I want to draw on the eyes very clean with it. Sketchy lines. Nice continuous line. You'll notice that the eyes more straight down it's going to have a circular shape as it curves. It's going great and the lips so it's more of a global shape so that people is gonna match that outer. Let's is A Things like that are gonna be teaching a lot more drawing classes. So those are things. A lot of techniques lives will be drawn and wait to draw. The lid is dealing with the negative space. I'm gonna be drawing a white. You can't sing in the white of the eyes. It's probably because the eyes animals are possibly very round. I don't see very much on this side. Here it is, right, I see all of. But I don't see the ever for on the other side again. I don't see very much of the top parts. I'm taking that away. I've seen very little over here. Maybe just a very little of this I'm able to for make sure you have your coffee maker underneath your hand to show you side of the to explain what we're doing next notice the lid is a little bit over the I in this area in here needs to be. So does it like just already It takes shape. Next. Want to get your high? A nice You're just happen. Maybe more interesting, Ben, even. And this is where it's truly important. Keeping very clean around the whites of the eyes. Anything that you're doing, because having you could have, maybe it some more markets on it, make sure they're consistent with those lights 7. Eyes (part two): next, we're going to darken around those highlights. That's where that ebony comes in and makes it very very can always. Yes, that you work from the inside out because you can always go up to you. Just you can create more. Wonderful. Just just a little bit around dark in there and then very lightly I'm gonna have you go directional with size lifting just looking more than the iris Come in with their eraser. I've already cut off a portion of it, so I can It's about using your e decided. Going a little bit smaller. So modifications Air always. Always this just a little bit. Really. Look at all the angles are that scythe bends around here. Darks here, going back and forth. Four lights. Did she have a through? You want to create that death? I feel it's taking shape. A little bit of detail ing. It's so important. Look, look what's gonna make that special I feel Stop working up. Very important artist has to really choose when to stop close up off my eyes. You see that you can see him a little bit, not all dark, but it has translucency to that's what you want to create 8. Values (part one): find step. We're gonna start considering the light source. My photo of that light source is coming from everywhere. So I modified it and I had my lights or it's coming from this direction. What I've done on this drawing is I made a mark, which, you know, if you're gonna do you want to Really? Lightning is circular something. But this is just to show you where I leave the white space showing. So it's my highlighted area, The ears like this. You're not gonna catch lightning on this side, but you'll catch it on this side saying here on the side of the eye this side of the I decided no muzzle and so just starts that this will create value. Where do you start? You start anymore. I start darkest area. It's kind of interesting to me. So I thought it right in here. And I really want to go really dark, even though it stays the same darkness. I want to get darker back here so that this will highlight right in here. Although it's gonna get lighters, it goes up taking that except stumble. Members were stumbling in the center. We're working our way out the more you're stumbling The doctor, it appears so. This is a great process. My light source is coming this way. My light reflections should be in the same way. My light reflections should be the same way. I did this area here just give you an idea of the scum bling worked all the way out with not very clean on that side. Back with Racer it up. Look here. You're gonna come through with sure that starting today the natural object more than your paper. I am also going to light Already left I like I also come back down here and and you can also scum ball with this scum bowler. Come one direction would just nice also created wonderful ear. I have finished up the ear similar to the left here, as the beginner, you should still be with us and feel very comfortable gonna be doing the other elements in here just so that it's a quicker process and you don't have to feel frustrated. But if you feel encouraged and really want to go, you can still add to this again. They'll be more classes I'll be offering with this of the born. You practice in the more comfortable you feel. That's great. I'm looking at the edges as well. So I I have blinds that I'm doing that the hairs. So it's coming out. So I don't have that straight edging as much here. That might be a few years. Appear kind of gives it a more personal approach. I'm gonna be working from top about so that it didn't matter where it started. But now it matters where I go from here. If I start to do this area and then I'm over here and over here, it's gonna be very hard to make it uniformed. I've got this already finished with the ears pretty much. This is the world highlighted. So I'm gonna be more concerned. Not going very heavy, but more of a medium tone is I'm going to start stumbling on the side of the year. Start to really look at the shapes. Look at the edge of her nose, bring it in. Always modifying as we go. I'm gonna be leaving the stumbling and then coming back and blending it all my darkest areas of doing kind of minto leaving the whites. This is Kurt. It's going to have a highlight on this side. And then we're going to dark that the nose, the lower half of the nose on also to the right in the nose. Go underneath the nose shadow right underneath. Through Enjoy this coming here I work many others landscape in abstract my biography and looking to do. I'm just stumbling. They're moving all over the place. You're not seeing it stand out as one uniforms market because that will make it look. 9. Value (part two): No. You want to pick up your eraser and we're going to start blood unit notice. I'm kind of doing the same process of bloodied in the middle of going out to the edge if you're starting to see lines which you probably will cause I'm seeing them here as well is you can always go back, not made it so dark that it's hard to work with but creating value, using values you can already see Wonderful bed taking, more exciting standing up on dry Because again I use my full arm Talked about makes him lying. Nice to give yourself a little bit of distance so that that kind of helps. Still seeing lines just remarkable here. What you did with the iris scars, if you want to. If you look at the polls, what I've done is just looping and then those dark areas scuffling. I've gone in and more okay, more the expression of going defied here with differently, and it's hard to keep looking at the same thing for eternity. Just take it as a shaped nose getting complicated with it's gonna fall the line. Just keep working. Split dries Yes, stumbling really any pressure to this notice. I have gone over at this point. So race. Just don't overdo it because this paper can only handle so much a racy your final stage of this. It's all about back and forth with this those highlights. Same thing that you did in the years and they re doing just around safe techniques. But this is just a really dark around, a little bit of smudging with this. This is the very last stage. I was just really go into Durst's and lights go definitely to have a radiation. You have a least several values going, just not light. And our way put the needy and tone in there. That's very important. That's what's really gonna create. I just got to keep working in the standard reach. This does. You could do it. Same thing. Just go back and forth, knows just just little white lines. There. You can tell that's just my race or coming back. Just going across contoured shape right in here. Very simple. Showed you some things. They swan a little bit of additive down here, so it's just not a head, but just a little bit the shoulders and have it kind of blend itself out. It doesn't have to like the end evenness of it because you don't really look at that area so much. But you're really directed towards the eyes. Pretty exciting, isn't it? 10. Final thoughts: Hi. This is Jennifer Morehead out my ranch Thinking about all the classes I'm going to be teaching you. I just want to let you know that anyone can learn to draw on paint. You just have to really look, follow will be is a small clip from the class that I just taught you as well as final thoughts. And some of my artwork enjoy. I also want to show you how this would look. It was done in a different technique of hatching lines and cross hatching lines. Note that I could get a lot more detail, so that will be another class working with different techniques. I hope you enjoy my class. I'm teaching a lot more classes, so be looking for them. Will be into landscapes, Seascapes. You've seen a variety of materials of Penan, a charcoal, acrylics, oils, watercolors, washed just numerous thing. So keep checking. Following a few images of my work, I look forward to seeing you again. Okay?